Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art & Art History
Lisa Corinne Davis
Academic Program Adviser
Being an image-maker was always going to be a part of my life. As a child, I had a speech impediment and in order to communicate with my parents, I would use drawings I created to let them know what I was feeling or trying to say. Image making saved me again when I grew older; I was not a star student. But, when I was in art class, I felt like I suddenly could breathe. The minute I realized there was something I could master and have a handle on—a place of creating, learning the history of other artists—I then understood that I was not the only weird kid who was constantly drawing and trying to use color. It was a moment of acceptance and relief, at school and at home, with my mom and her friends.
Klitgaard, Staver, "Monsters and Mayhem and Laughter" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.
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